- The National - Bangkok
- Cases of suspected human infections are on the rise as
villagers resist efforts by livestock officials to cull fowl. Avian influenza
has spread to more than half the country, with 39 provinces reporting confirmed
or suspected cases of fresh bird-flu infections. Last week, the authorities
had just 21 provinces under close watch for bird flu, suggesting the virus
is spreading rapidly.
- Meanwhile, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Suphan
Buri and Kamphaeng Phet have been put on a list of provinces with severe
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- "We are receiving more and more reports of fowl
deaths," Jatuporn Kamchuen, the livestock chief of Kanchanaburi's
Phanom Thuan district, said yesterday. Livestock officials were busy culling
fowl suspected of contracting bird flu.
- At the same time, he complained that officials were facing
resistance from some villagers who had tried to prevent officials from
taking their birds. "We need to raise people's understanding of the
- Last week, 2 residents of Phanom Thuan district became
the latest confirmed bird-flu patients in the country. One has since died.
- As of yesterday, 3 others in Kanchanaburi were on a list
of people suspected of catching bird flu. Kanchanaburi public-health chief
Surapong Tanthanasrikul said health volunteers were going to areas where
bird-flu infections had been reported to check whether the disease had
spread to any other people.
- Samart Prasitphol, a senior livestock official in Kanchanaburi,
said staff had set up checkpoints to enforce the ban on the movement of
birds as a measure to curtail the spread of the deadly disease.
- Thailand's most current follow-up report to the OIE,
dated 25 Oct 2005, dealing with 5 new outbreaks in 4 provinces, is available
- The notification included the following comments:
- 1. Thailand has been conducting the current nationwide
surveillance since 1 Jul 2005.
- 2. There was one more province (i.e. Nonthaburi) affected
during this week.
- 3. In total, there were 64 positive cases confirmed in
- 4. These 8 affected provinces are still in the Central
Poultry Zoning of Thailand. The country has been divided into 5 poultry
zones: Northern (9 provinces), Northeastern (19 provinces), Eastern (8
provinces), Central (25 provinces), and the Southern (15 provinces), for
the effective movement control and farming management. - Mod.AS
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